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I have got the following questions:
1) Will it be to late at the age of 34 to start MBA studies?
2) In case attending a fulltime school, how do companies judge 3 years beeing out of a regular job assignment from your experience?
3) Would you recommend to visit a fulltime school or is it more likely for a person in my position to study in an open Bussiness School via internet?
4) Apart from the monetary aspects of a MBA which is not the key issue for me, how would you see the advantages for a top management positions in terms of new experiences, new procedures etc.
Dear Sirs,

I am a 31 yo mechanical engineer graduated from the University of Technology, Aachen. I have been production manager (1.5 ys), Assistant Sales Manager(1.5 ys), and Sales Director for world wide Sales (3 ys) in a medium sized German company. My new assignment is building up a subsidary in the US for the same company as a General Manager. My university degree was reached in minimum time but with average results. The finish of my PhD is expected for the end of next year. Besides my mechanical engineering studies I studied ecenomics but without any degree due to an early job assignment. After successfully building up the subsidary, I intend to qualify myself further on. Therfore, I have got the following questions:

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1) Will it be to late at the age of 34 to start MBA studies?
2) In case attending a fulltime school, how do companies judge 3 years beeing out of a regular job assignment from your experience?
3) Would you recommend to visit a fulltime school or is it more likely for a person in my position to study in an open Bussiness School via internet?
4) Apart from the monetary aspects of a MBA which is not the key issue for me, how would you see the advantages for a top management positions in terms of new experiences, new procedures etc.

Your answer is very much appreciated.

Answer from Ashridge:

Dear Enquirer

From the information you give, we will be pleased to consider you for entry to the Ashridge MBA Programme. Our is an executive offering, lasting one year, and open to those with five years business experience. The average age of our participants is 34 years and all are working on live company, related assignments during their year of full time study. Consultancy fees are negotiated by the student with the host organisation which help to offset their costs.

We invite you to contact us and we will be pleased to provide you with names and contact numbers of members of our alumni in Germany who will be pleased to give you a first hand briefing on our programme. Should you wish to visit us, we will be pleased to arrange transport from the airport and accommodation at Ashridge if required.

Doris Boyle

Answer from Warwick:

Our MBA students tend to be aged between 27 and 40, so you will not be too late at aged 34 to start your MBA. The advantage of having older students is that they all bring a wealth of work and life experience to their studies and benefit much more from the programme as a result.

Your work experience is very important to us, but it does not matter if you have taken some time out to study for your PhD.

Which is best - full-time or executive? Well, it is which ever suits your circumstances best. To find out more about which is right for you, visit our website at www.wbs.ac.uk.

Best wishes
Rachel Killian

Answer from Cranfield:

Thanks for your enquiry. In answer to your questions:

1) 34 is not too old to start your MBA as far as we are concerned, but you should be aware that most recruiters who come to Cranfield are looking to recruit students between the ages 25 and 35.

2) It would depend on what you had been doing during this time. For example, time spent on engineering projects while studying for your PhD might be of interest to some companies.

3) We would recommend that anyone considering studying for an MBA should ensure that a substantial amount of the course is spent at the institution concerned, working face-to-face with both students and faculty. A certain amount of internet learning is fine, but a good MBA should teach you how to manage and help to develop your interpersonal, team and leadership skills. You cannot learn about your own strengths and weaknesses from a textbook.

4) Setting aside the monetary aspects, our alumni often emphasise the personal development they undergo as an unexpected benefit of the programme. The MBA gives them the confidence to deal with any situation and a worldwide network of alumni and faculty to call on for advice. It also gives them an understanding of all the core management functions and a strategic view of the organisation they work for, enabling them to take an active role at Board level.

I hope this information helps.

Best wishes
Maureen Williams

Answer from Manchester:

Thank you for your enquiry.

1) As the MBA is a professional qualification, with the majority of our students having an average of 7 years work experience after their undergraduate degree, the students are slightly older and at 34 you would certainly not be the eldest person.

2) Without looking at your resume it would be difficult to give you an individual answer. We do however take a holistic view of the whole application, taking into account past experiences, educational achievements, career progression and management skills.

3) Advantages of studying for an MBA at Manchester Business School - What distinguishes us from other Business Schools is the Manchester Method - Our programme promotes international group work and the Manchester Method encourages practical involvment, applying what you are learning to real life managerial situations. Here at Manchester Business School we believe that real business problems need practical solutions. Everything you learn is relevant to problems you will face in the future.

Programmes of one year or less may be able to offer a token project, but cannot offer the variety and cumulative effect of the Manchester Method. With the help of our Career Management Service - a dedicated resource serving students and recruiters, there are many opportunites for practical projects, including:

Summer Internship- An opportunity to explore your career options within organisations around the world and the chance to build important contacts for the future. Earn an average salary of £730 per week.

European Study Programme - Compare and contrast three European economies, including company visits and guest lectures at our partner schools overseas.

International Exchange - With one of the largest exchange programmes in the world and over 50 partner schools in Europe, the Americas and the Pacific Rim, students can benefit from a 12-15 week session at another major business school and experience life in a different culture.

International Business Project - For many the highlight of their MBA, this final international consulting project draws on all the skills acquired throughout the programme and takes students to all four corners of the globe.

Once you graduate, you leave MBS equipped to adapt to whatever career you choose - over 50% of students decide to radically change career direction and the Manchester Method of teaching gives them the tools to do this with confidence.

We have invested heavily in our Career Management Service and they are here to support you from day one of your MBA, helping you to make an informed choice about your future career by offering a range of services to assist you. At the same time they are pro-active in developing relationships with leading companies in both the UK and abroad. Once you are clearer about your career choice you can take full advantage of on-campus recruitment and company presentations, aswell as having CMS market your abilities to organisations around the world. This support doesn't stop once you have finished the programme. As a member of our extensive alumni network, which includes 6,000 members all over the world, we encourage you to keep in touch and take advantage of our advice, network and corporate relations.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information or assistance.

Kind Regards
Kate Bradley
MBA Marketing & Admissions Administrator
Manchester Business School
Booth Street West
Manchester
M15 6PB

T: +44 (0)161 275 6530
F: +44 (0)161 275 6556
E: kbradley@man.mbs.ac.uk

Apply Online: www.mbs.ac.uk

Answer from Cambridge:

Thanks for your email.

These are tricky questions I have answered them below.

1)Will it be to late at the age of 34 to start MBA studies?

LF: Not necessarily, we know that Germans tend to study for a long time and therefore come into programmes later. Your age may be an issue in post mba employment. It really depends wwhat outcome you are looking for. The average age of an mba on our programme is 29-30.

2)In case attending a fulltime school, how do companies judge 3 years beeing out of a regular job assignment from your experience?

LF: Now this can be problematic. Career breaks, without good rationale tend to be looked on negatively by post mba employers. You may need to consider what the dual impacty of this career break and your age may mean.

3)Would you recommend to visit a fulltime school or is it more likely for a person in my position to study in an open Bussiness School via internet?

LF: To be honest itr really depends on the kind of experience you are looking for. They are two totally different experiences.

4)Apart from the monetary aspects of a MBA which is not the key issue for me, how would you see the advantages for a top management positions in terms of new experiences, new procedures etc.

LF: MBA courses provide a great range of new experiences.

Hope this helps
Louise

Answer from Said Business School:

Thank you for your e-mail. Please visit www.sbs.ox.ac.uk for full details of the Oxford MBA. I hope that this will help you make your decision.

Yours sincerely
Alison Owen

Answer from The Open University Business School:

1. it is not too late at 34 years to study for MBA: the average age of OUBS MBA students is 35 years
2. the second question is not clear: full time MBA Programmes in Europe are generally one year only ...if you choose the OUBS MBA, it takes 3 years part-time: professional activities continue.......
3. the decision to study full time or part-time is individual with plusses and minuses on both sidee ...part-time by distacne learning at OUBS provides maximum flexibility
4. an MBA will provide width of knowledge, and will complement an enngineering background to give a more commercial education

Visit the OUBS website at www.oubs.open.ac.uk

Jessica Magill



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